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Joc Pederson, Big Blue Machine bop Diamondbacks 8-0

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LOS ANGELES -- The power-laden Dodgers offense produced three more home runs on Friday night, including getting a huge monkey off their back in a 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

Justin Turner got things started with a solo home run in the second inning, his second of season. After a one-oout single later in the inning, Rubby De La Rosa walked two to load the bases. Joc Pederson made him pay, crushing a first-pitch changeup deep into the right field pavilion for a 5-0 lead.

It was the first grand slam for the Dodgers since Yasiel Puig on June 6, 2013, after a span of 286 games without one.

It probably helped that Pederson cycled through a series of boy band songs as his at-bat music throughout the game, and for his grand slam in the second inning had this one chosen for him by a yet unnamed teammate:

Andre Ethier added a solo shot in the sixth inning, his fourth of the season, giving him as many home runs in 59 plate appearances in 2015 than he had in 380 plate appearances in 2014.

The Dodgers tacked on more in the eighth inning, loading the bases then cashing in two runs on a pinch-hit single by Scott Van Slyke.

That was more than enough offense for Carlos Frias, who struck out three and pitched into the sixth inning. He left two runners on base when he left, but Pedro Baez cleaned up the mess with no damage, giving Frias two career scoreless starts in two tries at Dodger Stadium.

In his brief big league career, Frias has allowed 22 runners to reach base and five runs in 29 innings at home, and 21 runners and 17 runs in 11 innings on the road.

The Dodgers are 11-2 at home this season.

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Scott Baker gets the call for the Dodgers in the middle game of the series, against Jeremy Hellickson for Arizona.

Friday particulars

Home runs: Justin Turner (2), Joc Pederson (5), Andre Ethier (4)

WP - Carlos Frias (2-0): 5⅓ IP, 4 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

LP - Rubby De La Rosa (2-2): 5 IP, 3 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts